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  Last updated on Fri, 25 Jul 2014

Reward for information in deadly bank robbery in Stockton grows to $50,000
Sacramento Bee News, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
Authorities are offering the money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a fourth, unknown suspect who dropped three other suspects at the bank. A note for the family of Misty Singh sits at the Bank of the West were she was taken hostage along with two others who escaped before a shootout with police. Stockton Police officers at the scene where bank robbery suspects with hostages were stopped at Thornton Road and Otto Drive Wednesday July 16, 2014. Cars and houses were riddled with bullets during a high-speed chase and hostages were thrown from a fleeing SUV after a bank robbery Wednesday that led to the deaths of a hostage and two robbers, police said. Investigation continued by multiple agencies in the shooting of a hostage and two bank robbers on Thornton Rd. in Stockton. This Thursday, July 17, 2014 booking photo provided by the Stockton Police Department shows Jaime Ramos, 19, who was booked on suspicion of homicide, kidnapping, robbery and attempted murder.
Doctor describes Pennsylvania hospital shooting, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A psychiatrist has told police a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex before the doctor pulled out his own gun and exchanged fire with the patient.
Amazon spending more than $100 million on original content in third-quarter, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
By Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc is spending more than $100 million on original video content in the third quarter, considerably higher than its spending a year ago and in the second quarter, Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak said on Thursday. The largest U.S. online retailer, which also reported a larger-than-expected second-quarter loss Thursday, is beefing up its digital content. Szkutak told analysts during a call that members of Amazon's Prime membership program are increasingly streaming free videos online.
Exclusive: China meat supplier faced claims last year over unethical work practices, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
By Kazunori Takada SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Shanghai Husi Food, the U.S.-owned Chinese food supplier at the center of a meat safety scandal, won a court case earlier this year against a former quality control officer whose claims included that he was made to forge meat production dates. Wang Donglai, who worked at Shanghai Husi Food from 2007 to 2013, sought around 38,000 yuan ($6,100) in compensation for damage to his health from exposure to chlorine used as a cleaning agent by the meat processor. He also sought to terminate his contract at Shanghai Husi, claiming he was forced to work overtime and made to do "unethical work" that violated food safety laws, court documents showed. At his hearing last October, Wang said he was unwilling to illegally forge dates at the plant, adding that he repeatedly urged his employer to change a practice which he said violated food safety laws and hurt consumer interests, according to court documents seen by Reuters.
3 previous girlfriends of slain homicide suspect met untimely deaths
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
A homicide suspect shot and killed by Sunnyvale police last month had previously been in relationships with three other women who died under suspicious circumstances, officials said. Officers went to the home of Glen Griggs, 53, on the morning of June 5 to serve an arrest warrant related to the disappearance of Molly Franquemont, Griggs' live-in girlfriend who had disappeared more than a year before. When officers confronted Griggs at his house near the corner of North Fair Oaks and East Maude avenues, he refused to open the door, barricading himself in the home and telling police he was armed.
Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali.
Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash site which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels.
Watch Cops Track Down Suspected Carjacker, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
Heavily armed carjacking suspects lead Colorado police on wild multi-vehicle chase. KUSA's Steve Staeger reports.
Navajo president calls slayings of two Native men a hate crime, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - The president of the Navajo Nation condemned the beating deaths of two Native American homeless men in New Mexico as a hate crime, and called on Thursday for a federal investigation into slayings that police have blamed on three teenagers. Prosecutors have charged three Hispanic teens, ages 15, 16 and 18, with murder in the fatal beatings of the homeless men on July 18 in Albuquerque in violence so brutal it left the men's bodies badly disfigured. "Given the violent and hateful nature of these attacks, the Navajo Nation would like to have this incident investigated as a hate crime," Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly said, adding he wanted a federal investigation.
2 women guilty in California nightclub beating
Sacramento Bee State Wire News, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
Two women were convicted Thursday of kicking a third woman to death during a fight outside a Santa Ana nightclub. Vanesa Zavala keeps her head down and her face hidden behind hair as jurors affirm their decision to convict her and Candace Brito of voluntary manslaughter and assault Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Santa Ana, Calif. An Orange County jury convicted the two women of kicking to death a third woman during a fight outside a Santa Ana nightclub. Each faces up to 11 years in prison. Candace Brito fights to hold back tears as jurors affirm their decision to convict her and Vanesa Zavala of voluntary manslaughter and assault, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Santa Ana, Calif. An Orange County jury convicted the two women of kicking to death a third woman during a fight outside a Santa Ana nightclub. Each faces up to 11 years in prison. Ken Nguyen, Annie Kim Pham's step-brother, speaks to the media after Candace Brito and Vanesa Zavala were convicted of voluntary manslaughter and assault in Pham's death, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Santa Ana, Calif. An Orange County jury convicted the two women of kicking to death a third woman during a fight outside a Santa Ana nightclub. Each faces up to 11 years in prison. Deputy District Attorney Troy Pino fights back tears as he talks about the beating death of 23-year-old Annie Kim Pham, following the conviction of Candace Brito and Vanesa Zavala for voluntary manslaughter and assault in the attack, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Santa Ana, Calif.
Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 300 passengers are killed when their plane is shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. Two airliners crash during storms, and yet another disappears in West Africa. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory.
Man says he shot burglar who said she was pregnant, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Police said Thursday they're deciding whether to arrest an 80-year-old man who shot a fleeing, unarmed burglar despite her telling him she was pregnant, but they have arrested the woman's accomplice on suspicion of murder for taking part in a crime that led to her death.
Police ID caseworker killed on campus of Delaware County hospital, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
The District Attorney has identified the caseworker who was killed inside a building on the campus of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital on Thursday afternoon.
Oakland: Orange County man gets 15 years for meth bust
Contra Costa Times, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
A Southern California man who had three-quarters of a pound of methamphetamine in his car when he was stopped by the California Highway Patrol on an Oakland freeway last year was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday, federal officials said.
Aviation officials to meet on plane shot down, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — An aviation official says global aviation leaders will meet in Montreal next week to initiate discussions on a plan to address safety and security issues raised by the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, as well as two other air crashes.
France sends troops to secure crash site of Air Algerie plane, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
France said on Friday it had sent a military unit to secure the site of the wreckage of an Air Algerie flight carrying 110 passengers and six crewmembers which was found in Mali close to the border with Burkina Faso. "A French military unit has been sent to secure the site and gather the first elements of information," it said.
Police: Upper Darby mom beat son for not doing chores, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
An Upper Darby mother is accused of beating her 11-year-old son because he didn't do his chores.
GM posts small profit despite recall expenses
Los Angeles Times - California, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
General Motors Co. squeezed out a small second-quarter profit — despite setting aside billions of dollars for recall expenses and payouts to crash victims — while Ford Motor Co. reported a large profit for the quarter, helped by a turnaround in Europe and the robust U.S. auto market.
Fremont: Three injured after car slams into utility pole and catches fire
San Jose Mercury News - News, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
Three people were injured in a car crash after the car they were riding in slammed into a wooden utility pole and caught fire on Walnut Avenue in Fremont.
Porch shooter: I didn't know gun was loaded, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday.
Police to pay $1.8M for Dorner manhunt shooting
Sacramento Bee State Wire News, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
A surfer who was hurt when a Los Angeles-area police officer rammed and shot up his truck during the manhunt for cop-turned-killer Christopher Dorner will receive $1.8 million to dismiss his federal lawsuit, police said Thursday.
Coping with the throngs on S.F.'s beloved Embarcadero
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
[...] as the city, its residents and visitors turn more of their attention to the waterfront, transportation planners want to help the Embarcadero accommodate the growing crowds more safely by creating a physically separated bikeway or bikeways. Research for the city's WalkFirst initiative found that about a third of the 3-mile stretch of the Embarcadero between AT&T Park and Powell Street was among the 6 percent of city streets where 60 percent of pedestrian injuries occur, and 75 percent of the street was ranked as a high-injury corridor for bicyclists and pedestrians. Roadway casualtiesSan Francisco Police Department data from 2006 through 2011 showed that 84 pedestrians or bike riders were injured on the Embarcadero, including two pedestrians who were killed and four pedestrians and two bicyclists who were seriously injured. -- A two-way bikeway in the center of the street, next to the Muni Metro tracks. Because of the 3-mile length, the varying widths of the roadway and sidewalks, and differing curbside uses - delivery and drop-off zones, for instance - the project will be challenging, and the final design will probably mix different approaches, Golier said. Need for bikewayMichael Klett, executive director of the Bike Hut, a nonprofit that operates a bike rental, sales and repair business that focuses on training youth, gets a close-up view of the Embarcadero congestion from his location at Pier 40 near AT&T Park. Lengthy processThe planning effort is being funded with a grant from the Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and the MTA is working with the Port of San Francisco as well as the city's Department of Public Works on the project.
Richmond: Police investigate housing authority manager for alleged misuse of public funds
Contra Costa Times, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
Police detectives are investigating allegations that a maintenance manager for the city's Public Housing Authority steered $340,000 in work contracts to a company linked to her husband.
$50,000 reward offered in Stockton bank heist
Sacramento Bee State Wire News, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
Authorities in Northern California are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a fourth suspect in connection with a bank robbery that spun into a police chase and deadly shootout.
SJSU graduation speaker files excessive-force complaint, seeks more police accountability
San Jose Mercury News - News, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
A keynote speaker at a San Jose State University graduation ceremony has filed an excessive-force complaint against the San Jose Police Department and hopes his case can be a lightning rod for heavier scrutiny on the internal investigations that by and large clear officer misconduct.
Hospital attack: Doctor fired back, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
Police: A doctor grazed by a patient's gunfire returned fire with his own gun.
Husband arrested in police officer's killing
Sacramento Bee State Wire News, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
Authorities have arrested a Southern California man they say shot to death his wife — a rookie police officer — stashed her body in a storage locker and set fire to their home.
New videos add to scrutiny of police-administered chokeholds, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
It is a potentially deadly maneuver that New York police have been banned from using for 21 years, but on Thursday the force confirmed it was probing what seemed to be a second case of an officer using a choke hold within a single week. The investigation of the incident comes just days after videos emerged showing police using a choke hold on a Staten Island man, Eric Garner, as he was being arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes. While trying to handcuff the suspect, identified as Ronald Johns, a police officer can be seen in the videos punching him in the head and using an arm to grip Johns around his neck during a struggle on the station floor.
Police seek help finding missing Placerville woman
Sacramento Bee News, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
Placerville police are asking the public’s help in finding a 45-year-old woman who has been missing since Tuesday. Loretta “Lisa” Crawford
Marin County: Drunk son drives away as mom is arrested for DUI, police say
San Jose Mercury News - News, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
A San Rafael man abandoned his mother on the side of the freeway while she was being investigated for drunken driving, only to be chased down and arrested on suspicion of DUI himself, police said Thursday.
Elk Grove police investigate man’s ‘suspicious death’ on walking trail
Sacramento Bee News, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
The man’s body was discovered in the area of Whitelock Parkway and Bellaterra Drive.
Woman arrested for allegedly dumping trash near I-80
Sacramento Bee News, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
Oksana Lyamin’s arrest is the first since the city’s Report Illegal Dumping campaign started July 5. Sacramento Police arrested 26-year-old Oksana Lyamin Tuesday for allegedly dumping trash illegally on Dry Creek Road near Interstate 80 in February. The witness who reported the dumping is eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if Lyamin is convicted, as part of the city’s recent campaign to crack down on dumping.
Hot weather prompts bad-air warning
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
Soaring temperatures across the Bay Area have prompted air quality regulators to issue a Spare the Air Alert for Friday. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is advising residents to avoid prolonged outdoor activity during the hottest parts of the day. Agency officials also are urging people to carpool or take public transportation to reduce the number of smog-producing cars on the road.
Berkeley: Street closures expected during Real Madrid-Inter Milan game
San Jose Mercury News - News, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
Police urging fans to take public transportation to soccer game at Memorial Stadium
Another sheriff's rescue boat sinks at Tahoe
Sacramento Bee State Wire News, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
For the second time in two months, Washoe County sheriff's deputies have had to rescue one of the boats they use for search and rescues at Lake Tahoe.
Detroit Porch Shooter: I Didn't Know Gun Was Loaded, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
A Detroit man on trial in the shooting death of Renisha McBride, 19, initially told police he didn't know his shotgun was loaded.
Heckler: Obama, You Are Anti-Christ, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
A man began yelling at President Obama just as he started his remarks on the economy. The crowd responded with boos and cheers of support for the president as an officer escorted the heckler from the event.
Santa Clara: Driver arrested in suspected DUI crash that kills passenger on Highway 101
San Jose Mercury News - News, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
A Sunnyvale man has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and DUI after his passenger was killed in a late-night rollover crash on Highway 101 near Great America Parkway.
South San Jose: Man arrested after fleeing police and causing wreck; drugs found in car
Contra Costa Times, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
A man fleeing from a traffic stop caused a multicar wreck in front of Kaiser Permanente in South San Jose early Thursday, and officers found a "large amount" of illegal drugs in his car after his failed escape.
ACLU, S.F. settle warrantless cell phone search case
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
Assurances that San Francisco will honor the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that searching an arrestee's cell phone generally requires a warrant prompted the dismissal of a lawsuit by a civil rights activist who said a police officer had read his text messages after taking him into custody. The activist, Bob Offer-Westort, was arrested in January 2012 after pitching a tent in a Castro neighborhood plaza to protest against proposed laws he saw as unfairly targeting the homeless. Gabriel Zitrin, a spokesman for the city attorney's office, said San Francisco police enforce the law "in a manner that's consistent with all Supreme Court rulings, so there was really nothing left in contention between the city and the plaintiffs once the ruling was handed down."
Police Respond to Suspicious Package at LAX, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
Authorities are investigating a suspicious package reported at Los Angeles International's Tom Bradley International Terminal.
Update: Sacramento coroner identifies elderly man hit by two vehicles
Sacramento Bee News, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
Sacramento police spent the night investigating the death of a man who was hit by two cars on Meadowview Road. Site of the accident at 21st Street and Meadowview Road.
Four suspected 'traveling burglary crew' members arrested in Hollister after car chase
Contra Costa Times, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
Four Bay Area residents described as members of a "traveling burglary crew" were arrested by Hollister police in San Benito County earlier this week after a car chase, police said.
Alameda County: Reckless driver arrested after chase on I-880
Contra Costa Times, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
A brief pursuit of a reckless driver in the East Bay ended this morning with the suspect being taken into custody in Oakland, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.
Police Blotter: Recovery of stolen bike leads to indoor marijuana growing operation
San Jose Mercury News - Police Blotter, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
SANTA CLARA270 Washington St., 5:30 p.m. July 7 A 15-year-old boy accused of threatening an 11-year-old with a knife and taking his bike was arrested July 18 after surveillance videos from Washington Elementary School where the theft occurred and a nearby 7-Eleven were released to the public.
Man shot, stabbed in San Jose dies in hospital
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
The man was taken to a local hospital suffering from a single stab wound and a gunshot wound, and was pronounced dead this morning. Police have a suspect in custody but have not released any information.
News conference at 2 p.m. concerning robbery, chase; rewards to be offered
Stockton Record, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
STOCKTON -- Stockton police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. today to announce rewards for information pertaining to the bank robbery, chase and shootout on July 16.
Ripon police seek man who exposed himself to two girls this morning
Stockton Record, Thu, 24 Jul 2014
RIPON -- Police here are looking for a man who exposed himself to two girls around 7:20 this morning on the Highway 99 pedestrian overcross near Ripon High School, police reported.
Two people wounded in Vallejo drive-by shooting
Times-Herald (Vacaville), Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Two men were wounded in a drive-by shooting Wednesday night in North Vallejo, police said.
Oakland mom at casino ignored cops carrying child left in hot car, police say
Inside Bay Area/Alameda Times Star, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Phaley Nget, the Oakland woman accused of leaving her young children inside a car, ignored an officer carrying one of the children while they were looking for her in the casino, according to a police affidavit. It was the second case of a mother being accused of leaving her children in a car to go into a Bay Area casino in the last month.
Police armored vehicle passes 1st major test
Stockton Record, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
STOCKTON - When the Stockton Police Department unveiled the Lenco BearCat G3 in June 2012, officials claimed it could withstand AK-47 rounds from point-blank range, saying .50-caliber bullets would not penetrate its hull or puncture its run-flat tires.
Gas line rupture forces evacuation in Dinuba
Fresno Bee - Local News, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
A gas line break in the 900 block of West El Monte Way in Dinuba has forced people from their homes on Wednesday, police said. Read comments
Fresno on the hook for $824,495 in attorney's fees, legal costs in Willis case
Fresno Bee - Local News, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
The city of Fresno must pay $824,495 to the attorneys who prevailed in a federal civil rights lawsuit that accused police of using excessive force in the 2009 shooting death of Stephen Willis. Read comments
Man killed in crash on Highway 99 in Fresno identified
Fresno Bee - Local News, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
A Fresno man killed in a Saturday morning crash on Highway 99 in northwest Fresno was identified as John Pehrson, 42, the Fresno County Coroner's Office announced Wednesday afternoon. Read comments